Self Smarts

Self Smarts

(Intrapersonal Intelligence)




Self Smarts refers to the ability to understand your own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. People who enjoy using their Self Smarts may like to set and work toward goals; work alone; reflect on their own thoughts and feelings; think about the future; or keep a diary or write in a journal.

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Other Self Smart Resources:


The Diversity and Kinship Literacy Play booklet encourages children to reflect on their unique profiles of positive traits. This booklet includes a list of children’s picture books whose main characters highlight character strengths related to each of the six human virtues: wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and transcendence (Peterson & Seligman, 2004). This booklet also includes suggestions for multiple intelligences-inspired story-related activities that are intended to facilitate children’s reflections on their positive traits. Most of the resources needed to engage children in the suggested activities are available at the BU Toy Library.


Health literacy refers to the ability to read, understand, and act on health-related information. Access to developmentally appropriate reference materials on physical illness, psychological disorders, and developmental conditions may advance children’s knowledge about common health conditions, encourage them to take a more active and positive role in safeguarding their health, and enhance their sensitivity and responsiveness to those affected by a broad range of health issues. The Health Literacy Play initiative includes children’s books published by Magination Press, an imprint of the American Psychological Association.


Informed by Janoff-Bulman’s cognitive theory of traumatic stress, BU Bibliotek identifies picture books that may help to begin restoring children’s assumptions about the world’s safety and predictability, others’ benevolence, and the self’s competence following exposure to a traumatic event.